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Revisiting The Prisoner, when McGoohan wears spurs and chaps

Living in Harmony The most unique episode of The Prisoner, ever, and for a show like this, that’s saying something. It’s actually an episode that is absolutely simple and also incredibly complex. You have McGoohan in the role of a lone gunman in a wild west setting, a man who has given up his badge Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, wherein McGoohan changes his mind.

Episode 12, A Change of Mind Patrick McGoohan himself directed this one. Using a pseudonym, one that I really really like. “Joseph Serf.” Give you a couple of guesses why. This is the most Orwellian episode of the series, with scenes where Villagers are expected to confess their sins by repeating the words of an Read More

Reflections on The Prisoner: “What’s it all about?”

Recently I’ve become quite reflective and introspective about many things, about who I am as a person, about what drives me. About who I am. I think I’m a good person. I care, sometimes too much. I speak too much as well, sometimes to fill the empty spaces, more often than not to draw attention Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, revisited: “All the world’s a stage” in a strange bedtime story

As I was looking over my posts on The Prisoner, I realized I didn’t write much about the penultimate episode. I correct that oversight now… Once Upon a Time Once Upon a Time is unique in several aspects. It again features the great Leo McKern, reprising his Number 2 from the second episode (effectively “bookending” Read More

Why was the Prisoner in The Village?

Let’s go to the clues in the show, shall we? In the first episode Arrival, the Prisoner (I will call him the Prisoner because that is what his character is named in the scripts) is told by the New Number Two that “I believe you, that it was a matter of conscience.” So what does Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, The End: Where we find out who Number One really is

I grew impatient over this past week and decided to cut right to the chase – rewatching the last two episodes. Here’s my thoughts on the series finale, and if I have time I will post additional thoughts on the remaining episodes. “Fall Out” This episode is not intended for All Audiences – any viewer Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, part 10: Where Hammer meets Anvil

In celebration of AMC’s re-imagined The Prisoner and of the recent blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? “Hammer Into Anvil” Another great episode, with (not surprisingly) a New Number Two, who starts the episode by forcing a female prisoner into suicide (he was going to read her sections from Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, Part 9: Wherein some pawns move themselves

In celebration of AMC’s re-imagined The Prisoner and of the recent blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? “Checkmate” Now this is another great episode, with McGoohan leading a mini-rebellion against The Village… one that is thwarted when his own leadership abilities and charisma makes one of his co-conspirators think Read More

Revisiting the Prisoner, Part 8: Where not all the masks are worn

In celebration of AMC’s re-imagined The Prisoner and the recent blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? Yes, I’m running behind. The original intent of this series of posts was to re-watch all the original episodes of The Prisoner before I sat down to watch the AMC production, which debuted Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, part 7: Wherein McGoohan finds that you can’t go home again

In anticipation of the re-imagined The Prisoner, coming to AMC November 15th, and in celebration of the new blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? “Many Happy Returns” McGoohan wakes up in a Village that is completely deserted, and so he quickly makes plans to escape, constructing a raft and Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, part 6: Where we find higher education in The Village is not all its cracked up to be.

In anticipation of the re-imagined The Prisoner, coming to AMC November 15th, and in celebration of the new blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? “The General” “You’re never too old to learn.” A university level degree in three minutes? Sign me up! Well, after this episode, actually… let me Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, part 5: Wherein McGoohan chews up twice the amount of scenery as usual

In anticipation of the re-imagined The Prisoner, coming to AMC November 15th, and in celebration of the new blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? “The Schizoid Man” Ah, the inevitable “Evil Twin” episode. I think that all producers of television in the 1960s and 70s had to sign a Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, part 4: Wherein McGoohan runs for office and, by winning, loses.

In anticipation of the re-imagined The Prisoner, coming to AMC November 15th, and in celebration of the new blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? “Free for All” “Obey me and be free!” That’s a very quickly-spoken statement McGoohan says at the end of “Free For All”, the fourth episode Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, Part 3: This episode sponsored by the letters “A, B and C”

In anticipation of the re-imagined The Prisoner, coming to AMC November 15th, and in celebration of the new blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? “A, B and C” This was an… interesting episode. The premise was simple – The New Number 2 (who sweats and gulps a lot) thinks Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, part 2: Wherein McGoohan (almost) meets his match in Rumpole of the Bailey

In anticipation of the reimagined The Prisoner, coming to AMC November 15th, and in celebration of the new blu-ray release, I’m re-watching all 17 classic episodes. Join me, won’t you? Ah, yes, I now reflect on “The Chimes of Big Ben (Big Bill),” episode number 2. And how appropriate that his episode also brings us Read More

Revisiting The Prisoner, part 1: whereas McGoohan glares at various people, places and things

There are few things in life I love more than The Prisoner, that great 1960s spy series that was the brilliant creation of actor/writer/producer Patrick McGoohan. I wrote of many of the reasons I loved it in my obituary of McGoohan here, and I will not repeat that here – suffice it to say, it Read More

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